UK Festival Awards 2013 ? Time to vote for your favourites

by Hope Wisechild

You’ve cleaned and aired your tent and got all your festival kit stashed away. But there’s one thing you still need to do before you start planning for 2014 – vote for your favourites of 2013. Now in its tenth year, the prestigious UK Festival Awards, with prizes awarded both by judging panels and public votes, continues to celebrate excellence in the industry and help millions of festival-goers pick their way through the ever-increasing options.

Event partner Peppermint Bars proudly sponsors this year’s Promoter of the Year award, which is judged by the Festival Awards Board. Last year’s went to arch-innovator Gareth Cooper of 2012’s ‘Best New Festival’ Festival Number 6. And new for this year is a Best Use of New Technology prize for breakthroughs in live music production. All winners will be announced at London’s Roundhouse on December 2nd.

With a record 200 festivals participating, the organisers are also hoping for even more than last year’s half-a-million votes. Voting is now live and remains open until November 1st.  You’ll be offered a list of festivals who have put themselves forward for each of the following awards, and can vote in as many or as few categories as you like. To sweeten the deal, you’ll get the chance to enter a draw for a pair of tickets to 2014’s version of every winning festival.

So whether there’s one event you just have to praise or you can’t resist the opportunity to set the festival world to rights, get over to This year, votes are invited in the following categories:

Best Major Festival

The grand-dame of festivals, Glastonbury, is back, but Bestival has also performed well in this category. Will the new, bigger and better Parklife surprise us this year?

Best Medium-sized Festival

A category where specialist and boutique events shine – will Latitude, Green Man or Secret Garden Party steal the crown from last year’s winners, Bloodstock?

Photo: Tom Gough

Best Small festival

Last year’s winner Y Not has graduated to the Medium category this year, leaving the field clear (ahem) for old favourites Truck and Blissfields and new contender Festival No 6.

Best New Festival

Folkstock and Lost at Sea are among those vying for the reputation-making award.



Best Grass Roots festival

New last year, this is a chance to celebrate those authentic events that emerge from real communities, with Beautiful Days and End of the Road in the running.

Best Dance Event

We sponsored this last year when GlobalGathering won. How will it fare against CreamfieldsSouth West Four or newcomer Field Maneuvers?

Best Metropolitan Festival

With no Camden Crawl this year, is it time for Liverpool Sound City, Brighton’s The Great Escape or the three-city Dot to Dot to step forward?

Best Family Festival

Photo: Hope Wisechild

Camp Bestival, Wilderness and last year’s winners, Latitude are all contenders.

Best Overseas Festival

The iconic Burning Man, last year’s winner Benicassim and Croatia’s Garden Festival are among the world-class festivals in the running.

Best Toilets

Arguably the most urgent festival issue. Who impressed you with queue-busting urinals, super-efficient cleaners or considerate kids? and disabled facilities? Does Lodestar deserve to stay on the throne?

Headline Performance of the Year

Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, Kraftwerk, the Stones – what was your musical highlight? If it?s not been put forward, give it an honourable mention in the Best of the Rest section.

Best Breakthrough Artist

Aluna George, Haim,  Lulu James – who was this year’s Jake Bugg?

Anthem of the Summer

Is Get Lucky by Daft Punk or Disclosure‘s White Noise still stuck in your head?


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